China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province has signed a deal on Monday with a paper company to recycle the giant pandas’ poo.
According to a report by the mainstream newspaper Chengdu Shangbao, the paper firm will turn the fibre-rich bamboo waste into “Panda Poo” brand for tissues, paper towels, and toilet paper. A box of tissues will be sold for 43 yuan ($6.50).
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Each panda produces about 50kg of food waste a day, made up of 10Kg poo called “green balls”, uneaten bamboo, and material spat out by them.
The Sichuan Qianwei Fengsheng Paper Company will collect panda feces and food waste every week.
The feces and food waste will go through a complex 60-step recycling process, including boiling, pasteurization, and fiber extraction.
Yang Chaolin, the company’s president said that in the process of digesting the bamboo, the pandas would have stripped out the fructose and extracted the fibers from the plant – an essential step in paper production.
“In this way, everyone gets what they want, and you could say it’s a win-win for both us and the pandas,” Yang said.